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Mundus subterraneus, in XII libros digestus : qvo divinum subterrestris mundi opificium, mira ergasteriorum naturae in eo distributio, verbo [pantamorphon] Protei regnum, universae denique naturae majestas & divitiae summa rerum varietate exponuntur, abditorum effectuum causae acri indagine inquistae demonstrantur, cognitae per artis & naturae conjugium ad humanae vitae necessarium usum vario experimentorum apparata, necnon novo modo & ratione applicantur. Ad Alexandrum VII. pont. opt. max.


Published 1678
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Mundus Subterraneus is the most geological of Kircher's works. This book is notable for containing early plates of the Earth's interior, and views of spectacular eruptions of Mt. Vesuvius and Mt. Etna. Plato's Atlantis is represented as an island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Kircher also examines water and fire cycles--providing detailed explanations of hydrophylacia (modern aquifers) and pyrophylacia (modern magma chambers). Furthermore, this is one of the first books dealing with speleology. Kircher's book is far-ranging in his attempt to avoid the split between science, philosophy and religion

Author's name at head of title

Pantamorphon in title transliterated from Greek

Vol. 2 has engraved title-page only

Includes index

Library copy imperfect; several plates torn; pages missing; binding damaged in several places; tear in spine reveals slips of handwritten vellum used as backing


Volume 2
Publisher Amstelodami : apud Joannem Janssonium à Waesberge & filios
Pages 990
Language Latin
Digitizing sponsor Boston Library Consortium Member Libraries
Book contributor Tisch Library
Collection tischlibrary; blc; americana

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Reviewer: bibliophilon - - November 16, 2010
Subject: LAGUNAS
PAGINAS QUE FALTAN O ESTÁN DEFECTUOSAS

SE PUEDEN CoMPLETAR CON EL EJEMPLAR DE LA UNIVERSIDAD DE ESTRASBURGO. FORMATO JPG:
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FALTA1 RETRATO DE KIRCHER
FALTA RETRATO PAPA ALEJANDRO VII

P.143,44 LIB III HIDROGRAPHICUS, EN EXPERIMENTUM III (131 est hasta 133inc) ya
desplegables post a 134 ya

TOMO II
( EN LA P.367 AQUI SE INICIA TOMO II)
PP. 433-34 FALTA IMAGEN TOMO II
PORTADA TOMO II
, PP. 34 Y 34 FIGURAS CON LAGUNAS (30,31) ya
47-48 (IMAGEN ESCORPIÓN) (44-45,46,47 y
99-02 LIBRO VIII DE ANIMALIBUS SUBT (92 a 103) YA
103 (APPENDIX) 104 NO APARECE

FALTAN 211-214 (LIB X DE MATALLORUM), CAPUT VI, DESPUES DE DIBUJO MOLINO DE VIENTO-1; HASTA DIBJO MAQUINA HIDRAULICA VI(192
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